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Design of a Semi Automated De-Lidding Machine for SMEs Bakeries
International Journal of Science, Technology and Society
Volume 2, Issue 3, May 2014, Pages: 40-45
Received: Apr. 15, 2014; Accepted: May 7, 2014; Published: May 20, 2014
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Authors
Rujeko Masike, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Dept. Harare Institute of Technology, Harare, Zimbabwe; Harare Institute of Technology, HIT, Harare, Zimbabwe
Donald Museka, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Dept. Harare Institute of Technology, Harare, Zimbabwe; Harare Institute of Technology, HIT, Harare, Zimbabwe
Rufaro Aaron Taderera, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Dept. Harare Institute of Technology, Harare, Zimbabwe; Harare Institute of Technology, HIT, Harare, Zimbabwe
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Abstract
A semi-automated de-lidding machine which removes lids from baking pans was designed. Modeling of the design was done using mechanical design calculations. The results were simulated using AUTODESK for Finite Element Analysis to validate the model. Centered on technology transfer and the national economic recovery blueprint under the value addition and beneficiation cluster, this research aims to automate and hence improve productivity in bakeries using mechanical design calculations and finite element analysis. The machine has a picking and placing unit that uses electromagnetism, coupled with a chain for material handling and a control circuit. The automated system comprises of pneumatic cylinders, electromagnet, banner sensor and conveyor chain. The machine was able to increase the lid removal rate by 26%.
Keywords
De-Lidding, Technology Transfer, Control Circuit, Semi Automated, Finite Element Analysis
To cite this article
Rujeko Masike, Donald Museka, Rufaro Aaron Taderera, Design of a Semi Automated De-Lidding Machine for SMEs Bakeries, International Journal of Science, Technology and Society. Vol. 2, No. 3, 2014, pp. 40-45. doi: 10.11648/j.ijsts.20140203.12
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